Photograph, Catherine McKenzie Golden; Unknown Photographer; 1940-1945; WW.2018....


Photograph, Catherine McKenzie Golden

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A portrait of Nursing Sister, Catherine McKenzie Golden (service number 31327). Catherine grew up in Fortrose, trained as a nurse in the late 1920s and studied pediatric nursing in England in the early 1930s before returning home in 1935.

When World War Two broke out, Catherine joined the New Zealand Army's Nursing Service and sailed with the Second Echelon. Her unit served in both Greece and Crete and then in Alexandria after the evacuation from Crete. Catherine's war service was recognised when she was Mentioned in Dispatches (M.I.D) in January 1944. Catherine said of her war service 'every ship I was ever served on is now at the bottom of the sea'.

Catherine was ordered home to Fortrose on special leave in 1943 when her mother fell very ill. Catherine's mother died four day's after she returned home. She stayed on with her father until his death in 1954 and took an active role in community affairs, including fundraising for the Tokanui Returned Servicemen Associations club rooms and as chairwoman of the Fortrose Queen Carnival.

After her father's death, Catherine traveled to Borneo, nursed at a leper colony before then worked at Shrodell's Hospital in Watford. She retired to Devon in 1969 but returned to New Zealand in 1975 for the (K.G.) McKenzie Family Reunion. Catherine died in Devon but her spirit is honoured at home via a plaque in the Fortrose Cemetery.

The maternity hospital at Tokanui known as the Golden Memorial Hospital was named after her father, Thomas Golden, who spent many years on the Southland Hospital Board. It's now used as the Tokanui Medical Centre.

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Unknown Photographer

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h 370 mm x w 317 mm (frame size)



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Health and Medicine

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Military - World War Two

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People and Families (including births, weddings, deaths)

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organic, vegetal, processed material, paper

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